So many teens practice a poor health lifestyle. We are all about teaching healthy eating, keeping clean, and getting the proper amount of sleep and exercise. Schools do not encourage enough and the right kind of exercise, but we do!
Boys in particular must learn to not just lift bid barbells with weights, but to develop aerobic fitness (through running or swimming or just walking) to that they continue and thus reap lifelong benefits. Both sexes must learn healthy eating and encouraging healthy eating among peers and families. We teach in our various modules how healthy eating can be both fun and healthy!
We not only teach about healthy sexuality, but about how crucial it is for teens to understand and listen to all the changes they are experiencing in their bodies, and to not feel embarrassed about these changes as they deal with them. This also includes knowledge of good health behaviors, nutrition, the importance of regular medical checkups, of sharing good health information with friends and family, and of regular daily exercise.
2. Exam Prep
The SAT and ACT tests determine the college admissions chances of most teens. We introduce preparation for the kinds of questions asked on those tests, including basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry and reading comprehension so that the students become familiar of these questions instead of scared of them. We specifically scale and present our curriculum to students from immigrant backgrounds to help compensate for a deficiency in full English reading and comprehension skills. We are also available to help with writing college admissions essays, to highlight students’ strengths and to also explain apparent deficiencies and present those in the best light possible. Teens must be taught not to be so intimidated by these tests. So many are intimidated and adopt a passive attitude of just being intimidated without good reason!
Special tutors: For students with special difficulties and challenges, we recruit qualified volunteers for one on one tutoring with students who need extra attention and help. We are aware of how many different subjects this may involve and reach out to other organizations to help provide such services. We especially each out to members of different language communities who may be able to supplement English instruction here with instruction in a student’s first language.
3. Money Management
When teens get a job for the first time they must learn HOW to spend and to save. We teach those specific skills, including how to keep a journal of expenses. We periodically review these journals with our clients in a non-judgmental helpful way and suggest improvements and alternatives. We are very aware that today’s teens live in a consumerist society which bombards them with messages about what they are supposed to buy. What we do is to present another way of conceiving of income and expenses as resistance to corporate profiteers trying to take advantage of teens. We believe that this way of teaching about external consumerist coercion mobilizes teens’ ideas about rebelling against authority n a good and fruitful way.
4. Leadership Training
Ennyat Foundation help bring out the leader in every youth by providing in-dept training that includes both hard and soft skills building. Through our programs, young people are discovering how they can make the world a better place. The training also helps youth learn what it means to execute projects that are impactful for the community and themselves.
Our programs give young people the confidence, skills and tools to make a difference and to be impactful in what they care about.
We believe technology is the center of human progress and at Ennyat Foundation we desire to open up every young people to the new possibilities and break down barrier that wants to limit them. Technology is powerful and it brings us together in many ways and that is where Technology for Youths comes in to play. We train young people on how to use information and communication technologies (ICT) and how to develop their own technologies.
6. Abstinence Sex Education
As a Christ-centered service organization, we teach that sex should be realized in marriage. However, to teach chastity and abstinence before marriage, we must help teens understand what is happening in their bodies; they must know and appreciate the meaning of the changes they are feeling and experiencing. This includes a full knowledge of contraception and of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). We do not avoid the issue of gender identities; we realize some youths will identify as LBGT. Yet we point out how fluid gender identities are, and how feelings about their own and other genders can be very complicated. Our aim is to help teens come to full understanding of the bodies and identities in a Biblical way.
7. Fashion Sense – Hair, Make-up & Design
Teens get many ideas from media such as magazines about how to arrange their hair and cosmetics. What we aim to do is to provide them with appealing options which are still modest in presentation and appearance. We present it as “this can be your own idea, as opposed to what media are telling you.” We strive to convey an idea of simplicity in beauty presentation as opposed to being “made-up” and too complicated. One advantage here is that we present this as saving in time preparing appearance and so saving oneself much time and frustration. The idea is to present this as an approach they can adopt themselves as opposed to being coerced by commercialism. We make TV and advertising the enemy of teens, as they are indeed.
8. Cooking & Baking
This part of our curriculum is NOT just oriented toward girls. We present to both sexes how home preparation of food is SO MUCH more healthy and cheap, as opposed to eating out at fast-food restaurants which serve way too many consumerist-sponsored unhealthy starches and sugars. We tell boys how cooking is a perfectly masculine activity, and a good way to impress girls and women.
Our curriculum is oriented in terms of our multiculturalism, in terms of teaching Southern American, Nigerian, and Mexican recipes (and thus encouraging intercultural appreciation and understanding in our classes!).
We all remember as teens how music was everything to us ! What we do is while respecting contemporary tastes on the surface, we point out how disrespectful such music can be toward many groups, particularly how rap disrespects women. We introduce alternative forms of rap, and we also teach dance moves from Latino, Nigerian, and South Asian cultures. So many teens have a complete ignorance of many dance moves, and we think of this as a way to mobilize excitement about their bodies and abilities in a positive way. Dancing is now such a neglected part of music. Again, we present what we are doing as exciting and as oppositional to the mass consumerist culture which enslaves teens.
10. Stop Bullying
One focus of our group is to join the mass uprising against bullying in schools and as it happens everywhere, including workplaces. As a Christian-centered education association, we reject the hurting and intimidation of anybody, just as Jesus would have. We are comprehensive in our approach and teach students to recognize the subtle signs of bullying, both verbal and non-verbal, to nip bullying in the bud before it can start. We also teach students to recognize whether they or their friends are engaging in bullying (we do not just focus on victims). We teach them to recognize and stop this behavior even if they themselves are not the target. The idea is that resisting bullying is something EVERYONE does, and in which everyone joins in to prevent. We also promote reconciliation sessions where bullies and their victims talk it out in a Christian way, and hopefully can become new friends.
11. Buddy program and real-life-activities
One need we must recognize is how many teens can feel isolated. Even many teens who do not seem isolated spend too much time on social media interacting with friends they rarely see. We pair off students together, especially from different background cultures, as a way to make new friends and end psychologically distressing loneliness (for both parties). One part of this is individual and group excursions to museums and perhaps the zoo to encourage cultural enrichment in a supportive group setting.
12. School supplies
We completely recognize that a major source of needed help in teen communities, whether immigrant or not, is the awful tendency not to be able to afford textbooks, pens, pencils, paper, erasers, sharpeners, and other school materials. So many outstanding and selfless teachers actually pay for these materials for their students out of their own salaries and personal funds. They should not have to shoulder this sacrifice. A major goal of our organization in our fundraising is to highlight the need for such charitable aid, and take this burden off these heroic teachers.